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Cultivating Self

Solutions to Overcome and Prevent Nurse Burnout
Bollywood Ecstatic Dance Playshop
Thu, May 28
May 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Join a virtual event: Bollywood Ecstatic Dance Workshop on Thursday May 28, 2020. I’ll share a vibrant and entertaining Bollywood dance through an interactive Zoom experience
Restorative Yoga & Sound Journey for Nurses
Mon, Jun 01
Zoom (private link on RSVP)
Jun 01, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM PDT
Zoom (private link on RSVP)
We are so excited to welcome back Rosie Brunin, RN, BSN, RYT, as she guides us through a gentle yoga and healing sound bath meditation! Wear something comfy and have a pillow or two.
Play: Cultivating Joy & the Imagination during Uncertain Times
Sat, Jun 13
Zoom (private link on RSVP)
Jun 13, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT
Zoom (private link on RSVP)
Caroline Cárdenas, MSN, MA, RN, CBCN will be sharing her experience developing self-care programs through body movement & play. Please be mindful of the start/end times, as we want you to receive all of this valuable information. We ask you be present for the entire duration of this playshop.

Our Vision

Cultivating Self is an opportunity for nurses to unwind, rejuvenate and reconnect with their passion for wellness, education, and healing. ​

Our mission is to cultivate community around the healing arts. Through practical application, we learn about ways to heal and ways that we can integrate methods from around the world. We discuss the importance of culture, joy, and connectivity through curated experiences. We also share our unique gifts with each other in a container that feels comfortable and compassionate.

We welcome collaborations with holistic healthcare practitioners, artists, educators, and anyone interested in work-trade opportunities. Please complete form below if interested.


Why Do Healthcare Professionals Need This?


In the US, the field of nursing has been observed to yield one of the highest risks of employee "burnout", resulting in a nationwide nurse retention crisis in hospitals and clinics. "Burnout" is a multi-facceted phenomenon that revolves around the cessation of one being able to perform his or her job.  (Portera 2012) (Bogaaert 2017)

Poor Nutrition/Diet

Good nutrition and quality food are critical ingredients to maintain ones health and longevity along with preventing mental, physical, and emotional illness. 

(Selhub 2015)


Occupational stress affects nurses’ health-related quality of life negatively. This contributes to a decline in positive patient outcomes.  (Sarafis 2016)

Compassion Fatigue

Few healthcare organizations acknowledge, discuss, or provide interventions for assisting with compassion fatigue. Yet, it is an important concept due to its individual, professional, and financial costs. We must identify compassion fatigue, differentiate it from burnout, and offer system interventions for supporting nurses and reducing compassion fatigue. (Harris 2015)  (Lombardo 2011)

Quality of Sleep

Almost half of all shift workers experience some form of a sleep/wake disturbance. Studies continue to show that getting quality sleep is just as important as eating well and daily exercise. 

(Garcia 2017)


The retreat provided an intimate and calm setting to spend quality time with fellow nurses. Together, we learned the benefits of Ayurveda, personalized to our busy and stress-filled days as nurses. I walked away from the day with an open mind and calmed presence—just what I needed!

— Lexie S. UCSF Children's Hospital

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Diana Cantu-Reyna, RN, BSN, CCRN
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Indy Rishi Singh
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Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, PhD
Ramona Berven, RN, MSN
Lucy Camarena, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNL, CPN, PHN


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